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How To Layout Report Pages

Graphics commands for page layout allow you to control text and image positions with exact precision. Justify text, word wrap, place text and images anywhere in your report. Very professional results are possible with some knowledge of Collect!'s report writer.

These commands must be supplied coordinates in 1/100ths of an inch, i.e. 100 = 1 inch.

tip.gif Use the Print Preview "Ruler" feature to map out the exact coordinates to use with these commands! Simply press r on your keyboard as soon as the Print Preview displays and then use your mouse to drag the crosshairs. Read the exact coordinates displayed in the Print Preview title bar.


Print Preview Ruler with Coordinates

The graphics commands in these examples for page layout begin with the @RECT command to define the page area you are formatting. Within this area you can wrap your text with the @WRAP command, and left justify or right justify, using @LJUST and @RJUST.

tip.gif @WRAP, @LJUST, @RJUST and @LRJUST commands may also be used without the @RECT command. Please see examples at the end of this topic.

Illustrations are followed by syntax of each command used.

To illustrate this:

Here is @RECT with a border so that it is visible.

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@RECT

                       
                       
                       
                      
                       
                       

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)

Now I add some text but I don't turn on wrapping or justifying.
@RECT

Now I add some text but I don't
                       
                       
                      
                       
                       
turn on wrapping or justifying.
                       
                       
                      
                       
                       

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
Now I add some text and I turn on wrapping so that the text stays within the boundaries.
@WRAP(0) **Note-this turns off the wrapping.
@RECT

tip.gif @WRAP(0) turns off the word wrapping.

Now I add some text and I turn on wrapping so that the text stays within the boundaries.                        
                      
                       
                       

To Left justify:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
@LJUST
Dear @de.na
It has come to our attention that your account of @de.ow is outstanding.
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

Dear Debtor Name,
It has come to our attention that your account of Debtor Owing is outstanding.                        
                       
                       

tip.gif Justification settings stay in effect until you enter a new setting.

To Right justify:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
@RJUST
@d Please remit payment to @cd.na
You may reach us at @cd.ph
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

Today's Date
Please remit payment to:
Company Name
You may reach us at:
Company Phone
                       
                       
                       

tip.gif Justification settings stay in effect until you enter a new setting.

To do Full Justification:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@LRJUST
This text is left and right justified within the active rectangle. This works with DC margin commands and also with Report Options Left margin settings.
@RECT

This text is left and  right  justified
within  the  active rectangle.  This
works with DC margin  commands
and also  with Report  Options Left
margin  settings.                                     
                       

tip.gif Justification settings stay in effect until you enter a new setting.

RECT

The @RECT command allows you to position a block of text and other output in the Report Body. It defines a temporary rectangle that bounds all subsequent DC commands until it is terminated by an @RECT with no arguments.

You can use the @RECT command to set your left and right, top and bottom page margins with a single command and blockquote sections of your report. Place the command on its own line in the report writer. It will affect all following codes and text until you switch it off with another @RECT command with no arguments.

All output is relative to the top left corner of the defined rectangle.

@RECT - defines an active sub rectangle within a report page. Any output occurring within an @RECT block will be directed to the rectangle.

SYNTAX: @RECT(left,top,width,height,border,clip)

Left: Left margin in 100ths of an inch.
The value is measured from the LEFT edge of the page. (e.g. 100 = 1 inch 125 = 1 1/4 inches etc.

Top: Top margin in 1/100ths of an inch.
The value is measured from the TOP edge of the page.

Width: Represents the WIDTH of the rectangle in 1/100ths of an inch.


Height: Represents the HEIGHT of the rectangle in 1/100ths of an inch.


Border: Bordered with thin line?

0 = No border
1 = BorderRect style 1
2 = BorderRect style 2

Clip: Clips text that renders past the right boundary.

0 = No clipping
1 = clip text. If any text spills over the edge of the rectangle, it will be clipped out. This only works for text, NOT database field output or variables.

DC Printing Samples:

//This defines a rectangle whose position starts at 1x1
//inches from the top left of the page and is 1x1 inches in area.
//The word hello is will appear at the top left of the rectangle.
//The second @RECT with no arguments terminates the one above.

@RECT(100,100,100,100,0,0) //Initiator
Hello!
@RECT //Terminator

You can use the @RECT command to set your left and right, top and bottom page margins with a single command, justify text and blockquote sections of your report.

@RECT(100,100,600,950,0,0) //Initiator
Start the text of your Report Body and your page will be formatted automatically with a 1 inch margin all around.
@RECT //Terminator

//End of Samples

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Nested RECT Commands

Use a second @RECT to indent a whole paragraph or area of your report, including text, lines, boxes or images. When @RECT's are nested, the second @RECT is defined relative to the prior one.

DC Printing Sample:

//@RECT can be nested
@RECT(100,100,600,950,0,0)
This block of text starts 1 inch form the top left of the page and automatically wraps when 6 inches of text is printed on a line. This formatting will hold for 9.5 inches of page length. Next, another @RECT command will be nested in this one so that a particular area is indented.
@RECT(100,100,400,400,1,0)
This area starts 2 inches from the left and 2 inches from the top of the page. (Remember, this is relative to the first @RECT command.) The text in this area will wrap after 4 inches of text is printed. The size of the indented area is 4x4 inches. Next, we terminate both rectangles.
@RECT
@RECT

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Wrap

The @WRAP function wraps text automatically when a report is printed. It can be used with the @RECT command and also with margins set in Report Options, or using @LM and @RM.

@WRAP

SYNTAX: @WRAP(value)

@WRAP(0) - Word wrapping off


@WRAP(1) - Word wrapping on

DC Printing Sample 1:

//Create A rectangle xy = 100 wh = 300 with border
//
@varText = This text is right aligned.
@varLongText* = This line of text is right aligned and word
wrapped as you can see in this very, very, very long line.

@RECT(100,100,300,300,1,0)
@varText>
@WRAP(1)
@varLongText>
@varLongText>
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

//End of Sample 1

DC Printing Sample 2:

//Set Left and Right margins and wrap text blocks within them. //
@LM(100)
@RM(100)
@WRAP(1)
@no line feed
This is a very long line of text. It can also be several paragraphs. It does not matter how much text you use or how long the paragraph is. Within the line feed commands, the text will wrap.
@line feed

@no line feed
If you want to do several paragraphs within the WRAP command, just make sure you use the line feed commands to begin and end each paragraph.
@line feed

@WRAP(0)

//End Sample 2

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Ljust

This command Left justifies text output within the active rectangle.

SYNTAX: @LJUST

DC Printing Sample:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
@LJUST
Dear @de.na
It has come to our attention that your account of @de.ow is outstanding.
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

Justification stays in effect until you use a different justification command.

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Rjust

This command Right justifies text output within the active rectangle.

SYNTAX: @RJUST

DC Printing Sample:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
@RJUST
@d
Please remit payment to @cd.na
You may reach us at @cd.ph
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

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Lrjust

This command both Left and Right justifies text output within the active rectangle.

SYNTAX: @LRJUST

DC Printing Sample:

@RECT(50,50,250,250,1,0)
@WRAP(1)
@LRJUST
@d
Please remit payment to @cd.na
You may reach us at @cd.ph
@WRAP(0)
@RECT

Justification stays in effect until you use a different justification command. Use @WRAP with the justification commands to wrap text within the rectangle.

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Wrap And Justify Without RECT

You can wrap and justify blocks of text without using the @RECT command to define your formatting area.

For example, using the example given above for the @WRAP command, you can add justifying to the text, as well, while not using the @RECT command.

@WRAP(1)
@LJUST
@no line feed
This is a very long line of text. It can also be several paragraphs. It does not matter how much text you use or how long the paragraph is. Within the line feed commands, the text will wrap.
@line feed

@no line feed
If you want to do several paragraphs within the WRAP command, just make sure you use the line feed commands to begin and end each paragraph.
@line feed

@WRAP(0)

// End of example

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See Also

- Report Sample to view sample reports and letters
- Report Topics Index for a list of all report and letter topics

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